Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

4.7 / 5

96 reviews

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

From US$ 52.25 per person

This is a specialized tour for wildlife lovers (the chance of seeing more than one species during the trip is quite high). If you did not see any wildlife you will be given another trip completely free of charge.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Polish, Portuguese


  • Learn about cetaceans from a certified marine biologist
  • Admire dolphins, whales, birds, and turtles in their natural habitat
  • Explore Madeira's coastline from the ocean
  • Enjoy a fast-paced, safe and comfortable wildlife adventure
Full description
Look for whales and dolphins in their natural environment on a small group cruise with a dedicated crew. Powered by 2x 250hp engines, you can expect to cover larger distances than any other boat in Funchal in comfort. This means you will have the best chance to spot the wildlife. Wildlife spotters work hard on land to find the animals before you set out on your trip. Update progress Depending on the species and sea conditions, you can get very close to the whales and dolphins, but remember, it is wildlife, and the primary goal is to be respectful of their habitat. Listen to informative commentary about the sea life of Madeira, as your crew and marine biologist guide make sure you have a great time whilst learning about the local cetaceans, fauna, and flora. Encounter different groups of dolphins, whales and turtles in the water, and get up-close sightings as you speed across large distances in little time. Marvel as the animals breach and splash about in the water, and learn more about these amazing creatures and life in the ocean from the certified guides. 
  • All taxes and entrance fees
  • Marine biologist guide
  • Life vests
  • Guaranteed sightings or second trip free
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Please advise if you have any heart conditions, back problems or are pregnant
  • Sea Life sightings is guaranteed. If you do not see any wild life you will be given a second trip free of charge (please do not leave this activity to your last day of your holiday). There is no cashback refund given.
  • The boat holds 18 people and 2 crew members, including a marine biologist guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 96 reviews

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We had an amazing time on our trip today. Josephine was amazing and such a credit to Magic Dolphin. She is so passionate and enthusiastic about the ocean and the wildlife. You can really tell she completely loves her job. We saw a big group of dolphins and it was the most amazing experience.

July 29, 2021

We enjoyed our first boat trip so much that we decided to try the experience again a few days later and we do not regret it. We got to see a tropical whale, a pilot whale and a school of spotted dolphins up close. Two just breathtaking walks. Go there with your eyes closed. Our first guide spoke perfect French. Thank you to them for this great experience.

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September 16, 2020

We booked the tour in the morning at around 11 am on March 3rd, 2018. It was really beautiful, the tour is in English but you really understand everything very well. We saw 2 species of dolphins and a whale and a turtle. You are very close to the animals The dolphins, for example, swim very close to the boat, really breathtaking. The team is also very friendly and even totally enthusiastic when they discover animals so that you are really carried away, Josefin still explains everything exactly about the respective species. One of the best excursions ever to immerse yourself in nature.

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March 6, 2020

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